The opinion identifies pesticides to be included in groups for joint assessment based on their toxicological properties in a specific organ or organ system. Stakeholders were asked to provide feedback in two areas:
As a first step, EFSA’s opinion had defined CAGs for the thyroid and central nervous systems only.
EFSA has confirmed that there was general support from stakeholders for the methodology and its contribution towards implementing CRA of pesticides in the EU; however the concern raised by industry was the scientific robustness of the approach, which leads to the formation of large CAGs. EFSA has noted these concerns, but says that current gaps in scientific knowledge mean a conservative approach is needed to deliver a high level of consumer protection.
The World Health Organisation has suggested that dialogue between EFSA and its international partners would be valuable in developing the CAG approach further, a proposal which EFSA has welcomed.
EFSA’s next step will focus on carrying out full cumulative risk assessments for the CAGs already established by the PPR Panel and deriving additional CAGs for other organs and organ systems.
EFSA will hold a stakeholder meeting on 11 February 2014 to further discuss its CAG methodology. Whilst registration for the meeting is closed, details of the meeting will be published shortly after it takes place.
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